Festive fun in store for Moneymore light switch-on

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PLENTY of festive fun is expected in Moneymore on Friday when they switch on their Christmas lights.

Moneymore Community Group in association with Moneymore Challenge Youth invites you to join them from 6-8pm.

You can take advantage of the food and craft fair taking place within the Manor House. The whole family can enjoy all the atmosphere of Christmas, sample festive foods, listen to the live choir and enjoy all sorts of Christmas fayre.

At 6.45pm special fairytale characters will be arriving, who will mingle with the crowd giving out treats to the children and of course the most important guest, Santa Claus will be making an appearance and will have a meet and greet with everyone. So keep your eyes pelled because you never know when to expect his arrival!

A torchlight procession of children along with Santa and the fairytale characters will take place at 7.15pm. It will leave the Manor House proceeding towards the Orange Hall and then returning to the Manor House where Santa and guests will switch on the Christmas lights.

In addition to all of the above there will be a raffle so be sure to get your tickets for some really nice Christmas treats. The winners will be announced after the light switch on. Proceeds from the evening will be donated to Charis Cancer Care and Multiple Sclerosis.

So on Friday 2 December wrap up warm, bring your friends and family to Moneymore and enjoy everything this special event has to offer.

On the evening the PSNI will be operating traffic diversions at various routes around the village. These diversions will in no way hinder anyone wishing to attend the concert being held at the Church Hall on Circular Road.

Stewards will be in attendance wearing high-visibility jackets and will be happy to help anyone with any concerns.

Councillor Robert Kelly has said this event will be an excellent opportunity for everyone to join together to enjoy the season.

“Moneymore village has never had an event like this before and it will be a great chance for people to meet up with friends old and new and to help get them into the Christmas spirit,” he said.

“I hope this event proves to be a great success and that we can expand on it in future years. I would like to take this opportunity to commend and all those involved in the organisation of this event and congratulate them for all the hard work and effort they are putting in to try and bring people together in a meaningful way at this special time of year.

“I would urge as many people as from the village and surrounding area to come along and experience what Moneymore has to offer and see that just because it is a small village doesn’t mean we can’t punch above our weight when it comes to having festive fun.”